Recycling Collection Service

The Town provides bi-weekly curbside recycling collection. Once a voluntary program, recycling collection is now mandatory. Due to the State of North Carolina’s ban on cardboard, aluminum cans, and numbered plastics in the landfill, citizens are required to recycle or demonstrate how they dispose of the banned materials.

Recycling is easy!  Simply put items directly into your blue recycle cart. DO NOT place recycle material in a plastic bag of any kind and make sure the cart is placed curbside the night before your assigned day to ensure pickup.  The Town of Fuquay-Varina will not empty blue recycling bins if materials are placed in a plastic bag of any kind or contain non-recyclable material.  

In July 2017, the Town will begin replacing 35 gallon recycle bins with larger 95 gallon bins. There is no fee for the larger bin.  The swap-out will be done over the next two years as time and resources permit. If you want a bin sooner, please complete our online form.

The 95-gallon containers provide several benefits to the Town and therefore to the citizens:

  • The Town potentially generates revenue from recyclable materials and the larger containers encourage greater recycling habits. If the recycling market is doing well, the Town receives a dividend from the Recycling Center where materials are taken. This revenue assists the Town with paying for future capital expenses such as solid waste collection trucks and allows the Town to maintain or mitigate increases in solid waste collection rates.
  • The Town saves money by taking recyclable material out of the waste stream that is inserted into the landfill. Specifically, the Town saves $32/ton for all recyclable material removed. These savings benefit the customers because they again allow the Town to pay for future capital expenses and provide service without necessarily having to make an increase in customer rates.
  • The smaller bins are top heavy and are easily toppled over in windy conditions. The stability of the 95-gallon bins mitigate the need to clean up recyclable materials that have littered public streets and yards thereby benefiting both the customer and the town.
  • The larger 95-gallon containers allow citizens that do collect more than 35 gallons of recyclable material to store their material until collection day. This is a benefit to the efficiency of town staff in that staff does not have to slow down to pick up extra material placed on the ground.

Recycling is picked up every other Wednesday and is based on where you live. Find out if you are assigned to the Blue or Green Route. Cross reference the  Green and Blue Recycling Calendar to determine your exact recycling collection date.

Below find a list of all the items that can be easily and conveniently recycled and those that should not go into the recycle cart.


Recycle Right Door Hanger_November 2016